A group of senators has been holding up two important nominations for our country. But a vote may finally proceed this week!
Tom Perez, nominated by President Obama to be our next Secretary of Labor, is the son of Dominican immigrants. After losing his father at a young age, he put himself through college, working hard in a warehouse, as a garbage collector, and in school dining halls. Tom’s incredible work ethic helped him graduate with honors from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government.
From his early years at the Department of Justice, where he helped prosecute racially motivated hate crimes and chaired a task force to prevent worker exploitation, to his time at the Maryland Department of Labor, where he helped struggling families avoid foreclosure and revamped the state’s adult education system, Mr. Perez has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to protecting our civil rights and building opportunity for all Americans.
Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the first major immigration bill since 2007! After months of negotiation, the group of Senators known as the “gang of 8,” introduced a bipartisan agreement for a workable solution to the country’s broken immigration system. If passed as is currently written, the bill would strengthen our economy and security, would keep families from being torn apart, would bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows, and would modernize our legal immigration system.
Many immigrants may be confused about what the bill means for them and their families. The truth is that the bill introduced this week is only a proposal; it must still work its way through Congress and will undoubtedly be altered in many ways before being approved. Unfortunately, unlicensed and unqualified individuals, known as notarios, are increasingly taking advantage of this confusion and maliciously—and illegally—offering costly legal immigration advice to unsuspecting immigrants.